Judge: Lois Lerner’s tea party-targeting testimony can stay secret — for now

May 21, 2017

5_182017_lerner8201_c0-217-5184-3239_s885x516Lois G. Lerner and Holly Paz, two key figures in the IRS‘ tea party-targeting, can keep testimony about their role in the targeting secret, at least for now, a federal judge ruled Thursday.

The two women had said they feared death threats and other harassment if their depositions in a class action lawsuit against the IRS became public.

U.S. District Judge Michael R. Barrett had originally ordered their depositions be sealed, but on Thursday he removed that prohibition and instead said the testimony should be deemed “confidential,” keeping it secret until he can see what the women had to say and what effect releasing it to the public would have.

He said the parties in the case can eventually ask to make the information public, and at that point the burden will be on Ms. Lerner and Ms. Paz to explain why it should be kept secret.

20 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Climax says:

    As a Government employee, they are exempt from answering for violations of the law. That should be changed immediately and make they as answerable to the law as the average citizen. Lawful requests under the Freedom of Information act should not have anything, names, subjects, or actions redacted which are part of any record and any time material is not made available when requested or it is redacted, the controlling individuals should be held responsible. There is to much illegal activity and accusations made by government individuals that never make the daylight. They unlawfully affect those who these activities and accusations are made against and there is nothing one can do about it as they remain hidden for no reason other than to protect those whom the accusations were made by.

  • Bob S says:

    Louis Lerner: “I did some really terrible things. Please don’t tell anybody what I did. They might get mad at me and then I’ll have to pay for my crimes.”
    Liberal judge: “Duh, Ok.”

  • Leslie Woodhull says:


    1. Retired says:

      Plus many at the IRS .

  • Leslie Woodhull says:


    1. Retired says:

      Don’t forget about Lynch and Obama in this caper .

  • gvette says:

    Nothing new here. The left, protecting the left. I think we’ve seen it before!

    1. Retired says:

      At least for now the judge left the door open until he sees what is what .

  • carpkiller says:

    They better make it public.

    1. Retired says:

      Remember Obama is working behind the wall to protect himself . There is a reason that he stayed in WDC and it is not the girl in school .

      1. Dee says:

        Totally agree . I’m hoping with this crazy new investigation obumma and rice are going to be exposed and Hopefully Prosecuted ! Maybe now that we have Trump and Sessions Law and Order will be restored !! Also hope they nail Hitlery and Lynch !

        1. Retired says:

          the USA is past due for law and order , with the wimps in WDC it will be a hard road to travel .

  • mort_f says:

    Death Threats? Difficult to associate that with any Tea Party actions. But, like with RICO, witness protection might be in order.

    1. MyronJPoltroonian says:

      The “Death Threats” will not be from true Tea Party types. While I believe there will be a few « Agents provocateurs » claiming that mantle making threats, the real threats will come from the activist leftist “Antifa” types, and the more radical Bernie and Hillary supporters for admitting what was (and, in some cases, still is) going on in (and beyond) Obama’s administration.

    2. Retired says:

      Witness protection behind bars .

  • Ken says says:

    There is a fate worse than death threats. Termination, end of ALL Government Benefits and confiscation of ALL assets for settlement.

    1. Dee says:

      Great idea !!

  • Jose says:

    I bet obama learned a lot from the clinton klan, cross me and you have a fatal “accident” so they must keep their mouth shut as if their lives depend upon it as it does.

  • Taking care of business! says:

    That better-than-thou, no-one-can-touch-me smirk needs be wiped of her progressive puss.

    1. Pete says:

      The two ladies in question obviously were willing to dance to the Obama tune back in the run up to an election. Now that the dance is over, someone must the piper & Barack Obama, like a typical political gigolo, is no where to be found.

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